Celebration of Excellence
Each year, the college recognizes alumni at the Celebration of Excellence event who have made significant contributions to the field or the College of Human Ecology. Awards are presented in seven categories and are presented to alumni and friends of the college who have demonstrated significant success in their respective fields. Award winners return to campus in October to receive their award and share their stories with current students and faculty.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni for achievements in their careers, leadership in their communities, and their support of K-State and the College of Human Ecology.
The Distinguished Research Award recognizes a Human Ecology graduate's significant contributions to humanity, K-State and his or her profession through research.
The Entrepreneur Award recognizes a Human Ecology graduate's entrepreneurial spirit and success in business.
This award recognizes a Human Ecology graduate who provides leadership to a major business, association or institution and who has a sustained interest in the College of Human Ecology.
The Friend of the College Award recognizes significant ongoing support by demonstrating significant leadership on behalf of the College at the community, state or federal level.
The Public Advocacy Award recognizes a person or organization for their impact on issues important to the field of human ecology.
The College of Human Ecology Partner Award is given to honor individuals at corporations who have provided sustained partnerships with the college to enhance student and faculty research, internships, or other educational opportunities.
The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Dean's Council, the President's Office and the Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Since 1983, the program has brought successful alumni back to campus to meet with students and faculty and share their expertise in the classroom and at informal settings. The nominee should have been graduated long enough to have distinguished himself/herself in his/her chosen field.
The Rising Professionals Award is given to honor significant contributions made by a graduate in the early stages of his or her career. Recipients have demonstrated significant professional accomplishments through publications, professional organizations or programs and have made efforts to improve the health and well-being of the community. Recipients are nominated by faculty and staff in the college and are invited back to campus in the spring to share how their K-State experience prepared them to have successful careers.